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Paradise Gardens

by White Poppy

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deadshotkeen A slightly more robust sound than previous and with Crystal’s vocals more distinct and higher in the mix making this a little less hazy and dreamlike than earlier offerings. Still present though are the multi-coloured panoramic guitar shards and electronic effects that thrillingly bounce out of the speakers from all angles. Another work of beguiling magic. Favorite track: Silence.
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facepetal Pure powder candy, In devastating love. Also my record is gorgeous, I'm going to put it on my votive altar. Favorite track: Orchid Child.
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Thomas so remincient of early 2010s dream pop/chillwave, but with far more artistry Favorite track: Hawk.
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Ora Cogan This record is makes me feel like i'm looking at love and life through a crystal prism
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Daevad Takes me to another place, some kind of better parallel world. Favorite track: Broken.
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James Johnson III Two words — Super Talented
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Broken 04:17
Memories 04:05
Hardly Alive 03:52
Hawk 03:08
Orchid Child 05:22
Silence 03:29
Rainbow 04:39
Phoenix 03:57


British Columbia dreamer Crystal Dorval’s latest and lushest kaleidoscope-pop long-player took root four years ago as a hazy notion of “new age shoegaze bossa nova.” Across reflective summers and long winter nights in a thin-walled shack on a remote rural horse farm the vision evolved, eventually centering on a mythical muse, Paradise Gardens, somewhere between utopian sanctuary and decaying tropical apartment complex. Though the songs began as attempts to “transcend darkness,” over time they absorbed shadows and sorrows of their own, becoming lessons in coexistence: “learning to be with it all.” The album evokes overlapping vignettes within this layered fantasia: fading flowers along a balcony, distant birds above the surf, light glittering off a courtyard pond, sunset skylines darkening to lavender night. It’s a place of healing but also heaviness, fragile peace contoured with pains of the past.

White Poppy’s music has always been mirage-like but here her voice, guitar, keys, and soft-focus siren designs feel uniquely potent and distilled, weathered and wizened by years and yearning, the weight of memories of memories. These are melodies of psychic questing and self-discovery, at the edge of illusion and insight, glimpses of heaven half-remembered and half-imagined: “Paradise is a place within.”


released April 24, 2020

Mixed by Jordan Koop at The Noise Floor.
Mastered by Mitch Holtby.
Art and design by Crystal Dorval.


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